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User Device Tracker 2.5 Release Candidate Available

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Release Candidates are fully supported early releases of our products and can be installed in production environments. If you own UDT, you can download the installation packages from customer portal. Should you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to reply to this post or send me e-mail directly.

One of the most important improvements this release contains is support for connection information in controller-based wireless networks where "thin" access points (AP) are deployed. Thin APs have been preferred in larger environments where many APs must be deployed and network logic thus can be concentrated in fewer devices (controllers). This is a big difference to UDT 2.0 where only "thick" access points can be polled for information.The new wireless capabilities are illustrated below.

Other major improvement of this release relates to back end performance.The database schema has been optimized, which means e.g. separate tables for current and historical data are used. This optimization resulted in e.g. faster searching and faster rendering of certain resources (in the endpoint details page, for example). These performance improvements should be noticed especially by customers with large-scale networks storing a lot of historical data.

Note: When upgrading from previous versions, the performance of UDT will probably be lower for some time after the upgrade. This is caused by data migration to the new database schema. The progress is indicated in the notification banner on the Orion website.

Wireless Support Overview

  1. New resources -- Top 10 Access Points by Current # of Endpoints and Top 10 SSIDs by Current # of Endpoints. The Device Watch List resource is also WiFi-enabled.
  2. Endpoint Details page -- visual indication of the fact that the enpoint is connected to wireless.
  3. Access Point Details page -- which endpoints are connected and what SSIDs are being broadcast
  4. SSID Details page -- what access points this SSID is being broadcast on, which endpoints are connected